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Friday, December 5, 2014

Simple Salmon

1 large filet of salmon (enough for 4 people) 
1 cup white wine (I like to use a wine I enjoy drinking... Guaranteed yum and I can enjoy a glass while I cook lol- I used a Chardonay)
1 small package of sliced baby Bella's 
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 tablespoon minced garlic 
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper 
1 tablespoon butter 

Season fish with salt and pepper... let sit while you Heat
pan and melt butter. 

Add mushrooms and cook on med/high heat until they start to crisp and brown. Move them to the side and add salmon. 

Reduce to medium heat and Brown salmon on both sides (add more butter if needed). 

Add olives, garlic
and wine. Cook on medium heat until sauce reduced by half. 

I paired the salmon with rainbow quinoa and steamed broccoli! My kids cleaned their plates!! Jacob had two helpings 


Monday, November 10, 2014

NEW- The Sandwich Spot in Simi Valley

We tried this new Sandwich Spot in Simi Valley yesterday... Overall, I'd have to rate it a 4 out of 5. Why you ask!? 

Walking in, I was excited to see two fairly large tv screens with a current Football game on! Going to any restaurant that draws sports fans is usually a fun place to hang out and people watch. Except we weren't there to see the game, we were there to eat!

Looking at the menu, I couldn't decide on which sandwich to order! Almost all of them had very appealing ingredients! I then decided to post something on Facebook: asking friends to pick a number between 1 and 24 (the menu items by number). The first number called out was the number four aka "The Hulk!" Marinated chicken, avocado, bacon, all the fixings (adding their BOMB SAUCE- homemade jalapeño ranch), on a fresh sourdough roll... How could It go wrong!?  

All of the staff was very friendly! Our order was taken within five minutes of standing in line. Granted We were there a little after 1pm so they were busy! The owner was working hands on at the register while helping his staff behind the counter when needed. He seems very excited for his new restaurant to succeed, and if you know me, I'm all about promoting local businesses! 

Now getting to the 4 out of 5 rating... It took almost 20 minutes to get our sandwich! The rolls were being baked while we waited. I'm not complaining about waiting necessarily for us because we had time to hang out and wait. Going in there on a 30 minute lunch break could be a bit of a problem however! With that being said, the overall taste of the sandwich was good! I wasn't sure about the marinated chicken. It kind of reminded me of the chicken Subway uses in the microwave! I feel the sandwich would be better with a deli sliced marinated chicken instead. P.S. My hubby got "The 805" pictures below! He enjoyed it on their Dutch Crunch roll. 

I will definitely go back to try another sandwich (or salad). I enjoyed all of the fixings... The pickles were great! The bread was amazing and so was the sauce! Go and try something! Comment below and share your experience! Let the owner know you are excited for him and you will help spread the word! Sending 
good vibes to this new local business!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mommy adventure #1

Headed for a night out with my mommy friend Alyssa for her Birthday!! We originally planned to go to Bogie's in Westlake Village! Arriving in Westlake around 7pm, not realizing Bogie's doesn't even open until 9pm... Being mommies, we aren't used to this late night stuff anymore ha ha. Bogie's would have been fun since I personally haven't been out dancing in years! I don't even know if I can dance these days.  
We think quick and move on to plan two... Los Toros in Chatsworth it is!! Yes, we drove to Westlake and then drove all the way to Chatsworth! Alyssa had never experienced a Los Toros's house margarita!! What better than a birthday to celebrate with AMAZING margaritas! 
Margaritas ordered at the bar... The bartender was super friendly, providing great service! I should have gotten his name and let the boss know! He made a special birthday shot for Alyssa which was loaded with yummy mango and tequila goodness! 

Once a small table opened up in the bar area, we decided to move... We wanted to people watch and would have a better view from the table. While waiting for our "small" appetizer sampler, we realized moving wasn't the best choice. The server for our table seemed annoyed and unconcerned with our needs. We didn't need much, but a water and some jalapeños would have been nice! She eventually brought the jalapeños but I physically had to go to the bar to ask for more water!?!? Overall, we had s great time, the food was delish (especially the carnitas), the margaritas never disappoint, and I got to spend time with my girl Alyssa for her bday! 

Now the question is... Where should we take our adventure to next!?!? Sur? STK? Would you like to join in on our fun adventures!? Comment below to let us know where! What are your ideas? The more adventurous the better!!! XOXO

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Izzy's Gluten Free Mac&Cheese

1 box Organic Quinoa Pasta Shells
4 cups water to boil pasta
2 tblspn olive oil
2 tblspn butter
3 cups shredded cheese
1 cup greated Parmesan cheese
1 tblspn granulated garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika

Boil shells until cooked through... Drain most of the liquid from the pan. I didn't use a strainer. Add butter and stir. Remove from heat. Add cheese and stir until melted together. Add all seasoning and stir! Super easy and Super YUMMY!!!

Because my kids love hot dogs... I added slices of Hebrew National!

Enjoy! 💗💗

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wishing Well Entertainment

Last week I headed the toddler program for the 2014 Williams Syndrome Convention. Over a period of about six months, my primary focus was to find entertainment for my little ones during the convention. I made countless attempts via email, phone, Facebook, etc... with many entertainment companies to try to find the impossible! My goal was to find individuals willing to donate their time due to my limited budget, being a nonprofit organization. Most people hear nonprofit, and don't want to even finish the conversation, sadly. What they don't seem to realize is they are not helping that one person on the phone, but they will soon be touching the souls of many!!

And then I came across Wishing Well Entertainment via Facebook! One of my Facebook "friends" happened to "like" a photo of WWE's from an event they had just done. At first glance, I was impressed by the beauty of the Princess and her costume. She looked as if she stepped straight out of the Disney movie! I then found myself on their Facebook page, going through all of their photos! WOW!!! They are all stunning, and their costumes are great! Not only do they have princesses, but there is a Spiderman, Kristoff, Superman, Woody, and so many more!

I took a deep breathe and sent a private message through their Facebook page, explaining the organization and the upcoming national convention taking place in Anaheim this July! Much to my surprise, Kalinda responded within about 30 minutes!!! She was immediately excited and more than willing to donate entertainment to my program! Over the next couple of months, we kept in contact through email. Everytime we talked, our conversation was delightful! About a week before our scheduled performance date, I wrote to confirm the location, time, etc... We hadn't spoken of who exactly was going to be joining us. I was excited to find out because I was going to plan a craft around the entertainer. She informed me that Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, and Kristoff from Frozen would be attending! OH MY GOODNESS I wanted to cry! The kids were going to be so excited due to the popularity of the film! Two days before their arrival, Kalinda emailed me stating that Cinderella would like to donate her time as well!!!!!! Now I'm crying! I was so full of joy, excitement, and thanks! My heart was full! What an amazing group! Donating two hours for kids with special needs! Did I mention they weren't just coming to meet the children... But they were going to do a little storytelling, magic, face painting, singing, and a Meet and Greet??

I had all of the children sit in front of the door of our large entertainment room, and we all had to be quiet to listen for the knock! It was the knock that would lead to hours of magic! My daughter Isabelle answered the door! When Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff and Cinderella walked through those doors, the children's faces lit up! I actually had to turn the other way for a minute because I was totally going to lose it LOL

I cannot say thank you enough to Kalinda and her friends!!!!! They are Kind, Generous, Loving and full of Beauty! They have imprinted on my heart and I will never forget how awesome all of them are!! I had a parent crying because her three year old son with Williams Syndrome had such an amazing time with the princesses (he's a little ladies man). Thank You, Thank You,

Thank You!!!!!